South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Last updated: 8 February 2018
These two groups of islands in the Southern Ocean belong to the United Kingdom and are administered by the Falkland Islands. Every one of the South Sandwich Islands is uninhabited. The only permanent settlements in South Georgia are research stations, but this island is one of the most visited places in Antarctica. It is also the burial place of Ernest Shackleton.

Up until the 1960’s South Georgia was the most important whaling station on earth with seven whaling stations each in its own harbour and thirteen floating whaling factories.

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Today, South Georgia has one of the highest concentrations of wildlife on earth and the landscapes are breath-taking. Ninety-five percent of the world’s southern fur seals and fifty percent of the southern elephant seals come here every year to breed. It is also home to tens of thousands of albatrosses and penguins. These islands are one of the most remote places on earth, and they have no indigenous inhabitants.

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